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Winner of 16 Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri Awards
Rosazzo Bianco DOC Terre Alte
Classification: DOC Colli Orientali del Friuli
Varietal: Sauvignon, Friulano & Pinot Bianco
Region: Friuli Venezia Giulia
Created in 1981, Terre Alte is considered one of Italy's most prestigious white wines. The balanced blend of Friulano, Pinot Bianco and Sauvignon grapes, estate-grown at Rosazzo in the historic Terre Alte vineyards, yelds a superbly elegant wine with a profusion of intense fruit and flower aromas. A wine of outstanding structure, Terre Alte acquires a wonderfully complex bouquet of tertiary aromas with bottle ageing.
Vinification: The bunches were carefully destemmed and left to macerate for a short period. Next, the fruit was soft crushed. The must obtained was then allowed to settle. The Pinot Bianco and Sauvignon fermented at controlled temperatures in stainless steel tanks, where they matured for about ten months. The Friulano fermented and aged in small casks of French oak. The Pinot Bianco and Sauvignon mature in stainless steel while the Friulano stays in small oak casks. After ageing for about ten months, the wines were blended. The bottled wine was aged in temperature-controlled binning cellars for about 9 months.
Soil: Marl and sandstone flysch of Eocene origin
Colour: Intense straw yellow with light golden hues
Nose: Intense, elegant, complex and captivating, great personality and power; aromas of exotic fruit perfectly integrated to notes of Mediterranean herbs, acacia flowers, hawthorn, Mugo pine, citrus peel, saffron, sweet almond, graphite, backish; delicate and pleasant hints of vanilla sugar
Palate: Seductive, deep, harmonious, rich, slightly salty, soft yet vibrant; aromatic aftertaste, intriguing, persistent with hints of bergamot, sage and marine minerals
Food Pairing: Especially made for fish dishes, excellent with vegetable risotto, white meat and cheese.